Neptune Terminal’s air quality is regulated by Metro Vancouver. We have monitoring stations on our terminal to ensure we operate well within permitted levels and to alert our operations team to any potential concerns quickly. We have had these stations in place for more than 10 years and have always operated within permitted limits. Our full permit is available on Metro Vancouver’s website.
In addition to the monitoring we conduct on site, Metro Vancouver has a sample station adjacent to our terminal to monitor the air quality outside our terminal. Neptune Terminals has always been in compliance with particulate requirements in its permits.
Neptune Terminal’s is committed to acting responsibly. In addition to the data we are required to report under our permit, we provide Metro Vancouver with data quarterly from our high volume sampler with measures dust on our property. This information helps Metro Vancouver’s Air Quality and Climate Change branch gain a better understanding of the air quality in our region.
Metro Vancouver regularly conducts studies and produces reports that are routinely made available on their website for interested members of the public. Two recent reports that may be of particular interest are the Caring for the Air (2013) report which is their second annual report on the airshed and programs to improve air quality and the Burrard Inlet Area Local Air Quality Study (2012) which looked at air quality in Burrard Inlet specifically.
Every product we handle is a little different. For example, phosphate rock is the same composition as coarse sand. As a result, it is much easier to handle when it is kept dry, so it is covered during storage on site. Potash is water soluble, and must be kept in a dry storage area. These sheds help eliminate the chances of these products leaving the terminal.
For Coal, one of the most effective ways to minimize the potential for dust is to keep the coal wet. The water creates a crust on the outside of the coal, keeping the coal in place. Our site has a series of 10 high water spray poles, which are strategically located around the terminal to create a water curtain around the coal storage area. We also use a water spray truck around the perimeter of the facility.
Our new stacker reclaimer, which can been seen on-site, has been equipped with a built-in spray system, which will complement our existing spray pole system to keep the coal damp and reduce the potential for dust.
While we have this technology in place, we sometimes receive community questions about the potential for dust outside of our terminal. When we do receive questions, we always offer the services of an independent, third-party environmental lab to take a sample and conduct a thorough analysis. Testing has found that in all cases that 95 per cent of the samples are determined as not being coal. The remaining five per cent contained carbon, but could come from unconfirmed sources such as vehicle fuel, dirt, wheat, coal particles or other forms of carbon.
If you have a concern about Neptune, please contact us at:
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